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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hamas MP's open up shop at the International Red Cross

It's not the first time the Red Cross has been in bed with terrorists, and it probably won't be the last, but the most amazing thing about this story is the total ineptitude of the Israeli government in dealing with it. Three Hamas 'MP's have been holed up in the International Committee of the Red Cross' Jerusalem headquarters since July 1 - the day after a fourth Hamas MP was arrested and sent to jail for disobeying an order to leave the country. The three hold press conferences, greet foreign diplomats (including former US President Jimmy Carter), and promote Hamas' cause while living in Jerusalem at the Red Cross' facility. And although everyone agrees that the Red Cross has no diplomatic immunity, and therefore the Jerusalem police could walk right into the facility and arrest the three, no one has the guts to give the order to make it happen.
Israeli politicians have been slow to act on arresting the Hamas leaders for illegally residing in Israel, instead arguing over who is responsible for dealing with the matter. The Prime Minister’s Office has maintained that the Foreign Ministry is responsible, since the three are politicians from a foreign territory.

The Foreign Ministry has claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office should be responsible for making the political decision whether or not to arrest them.

Police confirmed that the Red Cross did not have immunity and police could enter at any time to arrest the Hamas politicians.

“We don’t want to detain them right now,” Jerusalem District Police spokesman Cmdr. Shmuel Ben-Ruby told the Post this week, citing unspecified “operational reasons.”

The politicians are under 24- hour surveillance and are not a flight risk, Ben-Ruby said.
Somehow, I don't think that the issue here is whether they are a flight risk.

With these geniuses in charge, what could go wrong?

Read the whole thing to understand just how bad this situation is.

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At 1:22 AM, Blogger SabaShimon said...

What's so amazing about Israeli government ineptitude?
What would be amazing would be anything different.

At 2:55 AM, Blogger NormanF said...


Israelis know their government is corrupt and incompetent.

I don't expect to see much improvement in that state of affairs in the foreseeable future.


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